November 2016 City Council Meeting Minutes

The Lawler City Council met in regular session on November 7, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Mayor Mueterthies presided.

Council members present: Izer, Throndson, Zubrod, and King.  Absent:  Scheidel

Others present: Frank Wilson, Jay Uhlenhake, Cathy Humpal, Stephanie Gillen, Duane and Pat Pitz,  Deb Speltz, Bonnie Kuehner

Moved by King, seconded by Izer to approve the Agenda with the addition of Chickasaw Coalition Meeting discussion.  All Ayes.

Moved by Zubrod, seconded by Throndson to approve the minutes of the previous meeting and to approve the bills presented to be paid.  All Ayes.

Hawkeye REC Service $17,771.36
Treasurer State of Iowa sales tax  October $835.00
United States Treasury FICA, with $1,886.60
IPERS October $1,261.02
Salaries Salaries $8,474.66
Jendro Sanitation  garbage October $2,137.18
Post Office Postage $209.00
Windstream October $95.26
Black Hills Energy natural gas $100.31
United Parcel Service shipping $42.52
ARAWARK rental $119.04
Paul Niemann Const. rock – lagoon road & erosion control $1,253.01
Hawkins, Inc. water supplies $685.51
Test America water & wastewater testing $225.30
Stanton Electric electric work & lift station generator $3,953.95
Uline shop supplies $171.40
New Hampton Newspaper proceedings $238.45
Quill office Supplies $224.96
APC Play playground equipment $442.49
Lawler Public Library allotment $6,300.00
Iowa League of Cities workshop $40.00
NAPA shop supplies $42.99
Five Star Coop fuel & supplies-Sept. $233.20
Blazek Corporation tiling at park $2,901.64
Tayler Rademaker refund $29.13
Anessa Phillips refund $33.57
Iowa Water Environmental class fee $30.00
CASH, Inc. fuel & supplies $851.10
Five Star Coop fuel $161.91
Total $51,212.56
Library Bills
IPERS October $191.16
Cathy Humpal wages $1,284.64
Cathy Humpal mileage $18.80
INGRAM books $37.07
New Hampton Newspaper subscription $46.00
Readers Digest subscription $19.98
Midwest Tape dvd’s $48.27
Windstream September $87.34
Oprah Magazine subscription $37.42
Jane Lynch part-time wages $32.00
United States Treasury FICA $920.99
Treasurer State of Iowa withholding $112.00
Library Total $2,835.67
October Receipts
General $1,293.88
Road Use Tax $3,694.80
Sale of Property $900.00
Local Option Tax $3,280.60
Charges for Services $47,696.58
Property Tax $28,196.73
Total $85,062.59

Deb Speltz presented a plan for a trail on pond property.  Requested the council acquire the property from the Iowa DOT.  The transfer of the property would be of no cost to the city.   Moved by Izer, seconded by Throndson to proceed with pond property transfer for trail development.  All Ayes.  Deb Speltz will contact the DOT for pond transfer.

Moved by King, seconded by Izer to open public hearing on the proposed intention to vacate city right of way.  Duane and Pat Pitz opposed the vacating of portions of Center and Konzen streets.  Cutting trees and cleaning out the ditch on the city right of way was discussed with Duane Pitz.

It was moved by King seconded by Izer to close public hearing on the proposed intention to vacate city right of way.  All Ayes.

The council decided the proposed ordinance to vacate streets will not be passed.

The council discussed snow removal.  The snow from the business district will be put on Mike Leonard property this year.  The city will clean up the property in the spring.  Council will revisit issue in the spring.

Mayor Mark Mueterthies agreed to meet with Chickasaw County Coalition Nov. 9, 2016 at 6:00p.m.

Sue Cutsforth discussed with the council her vacation hours.

Moved by King, seconded by Throndson to approve her vacation hours through March 30th as presented. All Ayes.

Delinquent accounts were discussed.

Moved by King, seconded by Zubrod to adjourn the meeting at 8:05 PM.  All Ayes.
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Sue Cutsforth, City Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

Lawler Park Project Completed

The Lawler Park Project committee, after a year or more of fundraising, were able to see the fruition of their work on Sunday, October 2, 2016, as a dozen volunteers showed up to put on the final touches. A huge congratulations to this committee for have the vision and organizational skills to pull it all together.

The ‘park project’ is now complete . . . time to bring the kids, grand-kids, and great grand-kids to enjoy. Congratulations to the Park Project committee, Deb Zubrod, Deb Throndson, Kadi Reicks, Hallie Reicks, Carissa Pickar and Kristina Boos, who have worked diligently with fund raising to make this project successful. The committee used mailings, grant applications, bake sales, food stands during the Irish Fest, and several children’s activities. The committee was pleased with the generous contributions by local businesses and individuals.
 
Thanks to all the volunteers who have worked at this from the beginning. The crew that showed up yesterday included members of the Lions Club, the firemen, and local citizens and are listed next to the picture shown below. Volunteers not included in the pictures shown include Gene Blazek, Don Blazek Jr., and Joe Zubrod. A special recognition goes to Curt & Anita Franzen for their generosity in allowing use of the Starlite Ballroom for many of the fundraising activities.

kids-playingIt didn’t take long for the completed project to begin drawing in the kids!

 

 

volunteer-groupThese are the volunteers who showed up to complete the project. There were many, many more who labored hours and hours in getting the equipment together. The crew that showed up yesterday included members of the Lions Club, the firemen, and local citizens: Richard Huber, Roger Dreckman, Jeff Jirak, Chad, Mary & Gage Gruenberg, Cathy & Tori Rosonke, Laurie Leibold, Darin & Bryson Balk, Jay Uhlenhake, Mark Mueterthies, Frank Wilson, Jeremy Maklenburg, Greg Kout, Lucas Scheidel, Pat Costigan, and Deb & David Throndson.

laying-mulchMulch was obtained through a grant from the casino in Waterloo!

 

 

spreading-mulchIt was harder work than it appears in this picture, but well worth the effort.

 

 

completed-projectAnd now, IT’S ready!!! Come on out with the kids, grand-kids, and great grand-kids.

October 2016 City Council Meeting Agenda

City of Lawler
414 E. Grove St.
PO Box 215
Lawler, IA  52154
563-238-3614

AGENDA

       REGULAR MEETING

       OCTOBER 3, 2016 @ 7:00 PM, CITY HALL

 

  1. ROLL CALL.
  1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA WITH ANY ADDITIONS.
  1. APPROVAL & CORRECTIONS, IF ANY, OF THE MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETINGS AND APPROVAL OF THE BILLS PRESENTED TO BE PAID.
  1. MAYORS COMMENTS.
  1. BUSINESS:
  1. CULVERTS ON NORTH SIDE OF TOWN – GAIL STAMMEYER.
  1. PUBLIC HEARING – 7:15 PM – PROPOSED INTENTION TO CONVEY AND TRANSFER PROPERTY.
  1. VACATION OF STREET/ALLEY – RON MYERS.
  1. RESTROOM AT CROELL PARK.
  1. APPROVAL OF LETTER TO JOB APPLICANTS.
  1. DELINQUENT ACCOUNTS.
  1. ADJOURNMENT.

September City Council Meeting Agenda 2016

City of Lawler

414 E. Grove St.

Lawler, IA  52154

AGENDA

REGULAR MEETING

SEPTEMBER 6, 2016                                                             7:00 PM, CITY HALL

 

 

  1. ROLL CALL.
  1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA WITH ANY ADDITIONS.
  1. APPROVAL & CORRECTIONS, IF ANY, OF THE MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETINGS AND APPROVAL OF THE BILLS PRESENTED TO BE PAID.
  1. MAYORS COMMENTS.
  1. BUSINESS:
  1. PUBLIC HEARING – 7:15 PM – PROPOSED INTENTION TO CONVEY AND TRANSFER PROPERTY.
  1. RESOLUTION – PROPOSING THE CONVEYANCE AND TRANSFER OF PROPERTY.
  1. SHIRLEY KUEHNER – PROPERTY SOUTH OF TOWN.
  1. CAROL HOPP – CHICKASAW CONNECTIONS.
  1. BILL GOSS – VACATION OF ALLEY.
  1. SONS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION – FREEDOM ROCK.
  1. LAWLER LIONS CLUB.
  1. RESOLUTION – ANNUAL STREET FINANCE REPORT.
  1. BUCKY’S – LIQUOR LICENSE RENEWAL.
  1. CD RENEWAL.
  1. BAT EXTERMINATION ESTIMATE.
  1. DELINQUENT ACCOUNTS.
  1. CITY CLERK APPLICATIONS.
  1. ADJOURNMENT.

 

 

August 2016 Lawler City Council Meeting Minutes

The Lawler City Council met in regular session on August 1, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Mayor Mueterthies presided.

Council members present: Izer, King, Scheidel, Throndson & Zubrod.

Others present: Jaden Bruess, Shirl Stone, Diane Bruess, Jacob Bruess, Marshal Rosenbaum, PJ Rosenbaum, Cathy Humpal, Valley Stone Sr., Samantha Stone,  Ashley Ewing, Mike Wilcoxson, Eric Fibikar, Frank Wilson, Don Rosenbaum, Amie Rosenbaum, Roger Dreckman, Ron Myers, Teresa Kehl.

Moved by Izer, seconded by King to approve the Agenda.  All Ayes.

Moved by Scheidel, seconded by Zubrod to approve the minutes of the previous meeting and to approve the bills presented to be paid.  All Ayes.

Hawkeye REC Service $22,654.64
Treasurer State of Iowa sales tax  July $1,257.00
United States Treasury FICA, with $1,558.56
IPERS July $1,000.32
Salaries Salaries $6,722.66
Jendro Sanitation July garbage $2,165.76
Post Office Postage $81.00
Windstream July $94.15
Black Hills Energy natural gas $93.23
United Parcel Service shipping $106.73
Chris Lauer tree removal $825.00
ARAWARK rental $86.90
Fehr Graham services – water project $1,654.75
John Deere Credit tractor payment $10,068.00
Ashlynn Hubka deposit refund $75.00
Hawkins water supplies $685.82
Iowa One Call locates $14.40
Quill office supplies $71.99
NEICAC annual donation $329.25
Five Star Coop fuel & supplies $315.33
Five Star Coop LP gas – sewer $356.09
CASH, Inc. fuel & supplies $190.14
Simmering-Cory administrative fees – water project $2,000.00
Iowa Rural Water water class fee $140.00
Terry-Durin Company electric supplies $2,184.00
Iowa DNR wastewater permit fee $210.00
Stanton Electric repairs & change service $1,091.48
Bodensteiner Implement supplies $28.25
     
Total   $56,522.45
     
Library Bills    
     
IPERS July $184.11
Cathy Humpal wages $1,237.28
SHAPE Magazine subscription $9.99
Penworthy books $105.76
Windstream June $85.69
Iowa History Journal subscription $18.95
INGRAM books $86.98
MidAmerica Books books $135.60
Midwest Tape dvd’s $110.20
IPERS July $184.11
Jane Lynch 6 hrs. $48.00
     
Library Total   $2,206.67
     
July Receipts    
General   $871.76
Road Use Tax   $3,458.89
Property Tax   $758.14
Local Option Tax   $2,400.92
Library   $16,502.18
Charges for Services $52,604.78
Park Fundraiser   $58.90
Iowa Finance Authority $30,092.16
     
Total   $106,747.73

Ashley Ewing and Mike Wilcoxson were present to discuss the complaints about their dogs.  Moved by King, seconded by Zubrod that if there are any more complaints about the dogs at 205 S Depot Street some of the dogs will no longer be allowed at the residence.  All Ayes.

Several concerned citizens had complaints about the lack of adequate toilet facilities at the Lawler All-Niter.  The council decided that the Lawler All-Niter will not be allowed in the future without adequate toilet facilities.  Law enforcement for the All-Niter in the future will be looked into.  Law enforcement and toilet facilities for the tournament will be discussed with Jason Byrne the organizer of the tournament.

Ron Myers presented plans for water and sewer service lines to be installed.  Moved by Scheidel, seconded by King to approve the plans from Ron Myers for water and sewer service lines with the approval of Jay Uhlenhake water and wastewater superintendent.  All Ayes.

Moved by Zubrod, seconded by Scheidel to appoint Barb Bentley to the Library Board for a six year term.  All Ayes.

Moved by Izer, seconded by Zubrod to get an estimate on bat extermination for the next meeting.  All Ayes.

The fire department will be selling the tanker truck after the new fire truck is delivered.  Moved by King, seconded by Izer to look into purchasing the tanker truck from the fire department after the new truck is delivered.  All Ayes.

Water rates were discussed with Paul Rosenbaum.

The possibility of the Lions Club putting the fire bell on the city owned lot on Grove Street or  selling the lot to Mary Gitch. was discussed.

Moved by Izer, seconded by King to pass resolution #080116 to hold a public hearing on September 6, 2016 at 7:15 PM. for the consideration of selling a city-owned lot on Grove Street to Mary Gitch for $750.00.   All Ayes.

The installation of the new playground equipment was discussed.  Moved by King, seconded by Scheidel to approve the purchase of the supplies needed to install the playground equipment.  All Ayes.

Moved by Izer, seconded by Throndson to allow the trail committee to remove the tree west of the tennis court at Highland Park.  All Ayes.

The engineering fees and the closing out of the well and water main project were discussed.

Moved by Izer, seconded by King to renew $10,000 CD investment for six months.  All Ayes.

Delinquent accounts were discussed.

Moved by Izer, seconded by King to approve the city clerk job description with one correction and to advertise in the New Hampton Newspapers and the Calmar Courier for the position.  All Ayes.

Moved by Izer, seconded by Scheidel to adjourn the meeting at 9:09 PM.  All Ayes.

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Sue Cutsforth, City Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 2016 City Council Meeting Agenda

City of Lawler
414 E. Grove St.
PO Box 215
Lawler, IA  52154
563-238-3614

AGENDA

REGULAR MEETING
AUGUST 1, 2016
7:00 PM, CITY HALL

  1. ROLL CALL.
  1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA WITH ANY ADDITIONS.
  1. APPROVAL & CORRECTIONS, IF ANY, OF THE MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETINGS AND APPROVAL OF THE BILLS PRESENTED TO BE PAID.
  1. MAYORS COMMENTS.

BUSINESS:
RON MYERS – ESTIMATES ON WATER & SEWER MAINS.
ASHLEY EWING – NUISANCE.
CATHY HUMPAL – APPOINT LIBRARY BOARD MEMBER & BUILDING ISSUE.
PAUL ROSENBAUM – WATER RATES.
PAUL ROSENBAUM – LAWLER ALL-NITER.
ENGINEERING FEES FOR WATER PROJECT.
CITY PROPERTY SOUTH OF TOWN.
LOT ON GROVE STREET.
LIONS CLUB – FIRE BELL.
FIRE DEPARTMENT TANKER TRUCK.
PARK BOARD.
CD RENEWAL.
DELINQUENT ACCOUNTS.
CITY CLERK JOB DESCRIPTION.

ADJOURNMENT.

City Council Special Session Minutes–July 18, 2016

The Lawler City Council met in special session on July 18, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Mayor Mueterthies presided.

Council members present: Izer, King, Scheidel, Throndson & Zubrod.

Others present: Dianna Gebel.

Moved by Izer, seconded by Scheidel to approve the Agenda.  All Ayes.

Moved by Scheidel, seconded by Zubrod to set the hours for the City Clerk position at:  9:00 am – 12:30 pm and 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm, Monday – Friday plus meetings.  All Ayes.

Moved by King, seconded by Throndson to set the wages for the City Clerk position at $16.00 per hour with a 90 day review.  Ayes – Izer, King, Scheidel and Throndson.  Nays – Zubrod.

Moved by Izer, seconded by Scheidel for the vacation, sick time and paid holidays terms for the City Clerk position to be as for current employees with the exceptions of:  sick time and vacation must be used in the year given or there will be no compensation and comp time will be deleted.  Ayes – Izer, King and Throndson.  Nays – Scheidel and Zubrod.

Moved by Scheidel, seconded by King to make the requirements for the City Clerk position as follows:  An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform essential functions of the position.  All Ayes.

Moved by Scheidel, seconded by Izer to adjourn the meeting at 8:25 PM.  All Ayes.

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Sue Cutsforth, City Clerk

July 2016 City Council Meeting Minutes

The Lawler City Council met in regular session on July 5, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Mayor Mueterthies presided.

Council members present: Izer, King, Scheidel, Throndson & Zubrod.

Others present: Ron Myers, Jason Byrne, Tony Blazek, Jerry Vrzak, Kurt Croell & Mike Murray.

Moved by King, seconded by Izer to approve the Agenda with the addition of Ron Myers discussion of building permit, water and sewer service.  All Ayes.

Moved by King, seconded by Izer to approve the minutes of the previous meeting and to approve the bills presented to be paid.  All Ayes.

Hawkeye REC Service $15,230.05
Treasurer State of Iowa sales tax  June $1,270.00
United States Treasury FICA, with $1,533.76
IPERS June $987.85
Salaries Salaries $6,638.82
Jendro Sanitation June garbage $2,146.20
Post Office Postage $147.45
Windstream June $98.47
Black Hills Energy natural gas $103.82
United Parcel Service shipping $78.97
Iowa Dept. of Inspections food stand permit $33.50
ARAWARK rental $86.90
Fehr Graham services – water project $147.50
Bodensteiner Imp. supplies $63.06
Deb Zubrod food stand supplies $226.00
New Hampton Tribune proceedings $83.73
TestAmerica water & wastewater testing $98.70
Hawkins water supplies $486.22
Wellmark health insurance $2,146.35
Clerk of Court small claim $95.00
David Pepper refund $11.60
Blacktop Service Company street seal coating $25,751.91
Floyd Mitchell Landfill TV monitor disposal $58.00
Iowa League of Cities annual dues $414.00
Chickasaw County Auditor haz-mat $219.50
Chickasaw County Auditor drive-thru patrol $3,292.50
City of Lawler electric at lift station $468.75
Office Depot office supplies $77.84
Mid-American Research lagoon supplies $686.35
APC PLAY playground equipment $26,292.00
Lawler Fire Dept. semi-annual allotment $2,756.25
Iowa Workforce Development unemployment $19.92
Treasurer State of Iowa withholding $804.00
Iowa DNR water supply fee $50.99
Helping Services annual donation $100.00
     
Total   $93,167.96
     
Library Bills    
     
IPERS June $176.21
Cathy Humpal wages $877.17
HGTV Magazine subscription $34.97
Penworthy books $92.41
Windstream May $88.95
The Courier subscription $91.85
INGRAM books $280.07
DEMCO equipment $1,116.82
Lawler Public Library petty cash – postage & supplies $70.02
United States Treasury FICA withholding $973.04
Treasurer State of Iowa withholding $110.00
     
Library Total   $3,911.51
     
June Receipts    
General   $869.88
Road Use Tax   $4,117.91
Property Tax   $1,280.53
Local Option Tax   $2,400.92
Library   $559.82
Charges for Services $40,731.78
Park Fundraiser   $787.22
     
Total   $50,748.06

Tony Blazek from the Lawler Irish Fest reported that the Irish Fest had a good turnout this year and everything went real well.

Jason Byrne informed the council that the Lawler All-Niter will be the same number of teams as last year.  Jason is collecting a deposit for the campsites that will be refunded if the campsites are cleaned up.  Gates or the dump truck will be used to stop the pedestrian traffic as last year.

Jerry Vrzak was present to discuss utility deposits.  Moved by Scheidel, seconded by King to require a $100 utility deposit for customers that pay for only two utility services, the deposit for all others will be $150.  Ayes – Izer, King. Scheidel & Throndson.  Nays – Zubrod.

Ron Myers has plans to build a house and inquired about water and sewer mains.  There will be estimates on the cost of the water and sewer mains and it will be discussed further at the next meeting.

Moved by Izer, seconded by King to have the sheriff talk to the residents at 205 S Depot Street about the violation of City Code in regard to the number of dogs in the household.  All Ayes.

Moved by Scheidel. seconded by Izer to send notice to the residents of 102 S Lincoln Street that the camper on the property must have current license or be removed from the property.  All Ayes.

Midwest Assistance Program was discussed.  It will be discussed further at the next meeting.

Moved by Scheidel, seconded by King to approve payment estimate #6 in the amount of $3,300.29 and payment estimate $7-final in the amount of $26,389.87 from Blazek Corporation for Well #2 and Water Main Improvement Project.  All Ayes.

Moved by King, seconded by Zubrod to accept the project construction of the Well #2 and Water Main Improvement Project.  All Ayes.

Discussion of City property south of town was tabled for the next meeting.

The City owned lot on Grove Street will be discussed further at the next meeting.

Moved by Scheidel, seconded by Izer to approve the Hole in the Wall liquor license renewal.  All Ayes.

Moved by King, seconded by Zubrod to withdraw 2 – $5,000 investment CD’s.  The funds will be used as extra payment on the tractor.  All Ayes.

Moved by Scheidel, seconded by Zubrod to reinvest $5,000 sewer fund investment CD for 30 months.  All Ayes.

Requests for proposals for the City Annual Exam from Dennis Donovan, PC and Shaffer Company, PC were reviewed.  Moved by Izer, seconded by Zubrod to accept the proposal in the amount of $3,000 from Dennis Donovan, PC for the City Annual Exam.  All Ayes.

Delinquent accounts were discussed.  Disconnect notices will be sent.

Moved by King, seconded by Izer to move into closed session to discuss the City Clerk position at the request of Sue Cutsforth.  All Ayes.

Moved by Scheidel, seconded by King to move out of closed session.  All Ayes.

Moved by Izer for the retirement of Sue Cutsforth on September 30, 2016.  Motion died for lack of second.

Moved by King, seconded by Scheidel for the retirement of Sue Cutsforth on November 30, 2016.  Ayes – Izer, King, Scheidel and Zubrod.  Nays – Throndson.

Moved by Izer, seconded by King to adjourn the meeting at 10:50 PM.  All Ayes.

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Sue Cutsforth, City Clerk